Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Puzder is the former chief executive of CKE Restaurants, where he helped turn Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. into globally known fast food powerhouses. Under his leadership, CKE expanded to over 3,800 restaurants, generated $4.3 billion in revenue and employed 75,000+ people domestically and 115,000+ worldwide.
Mr. Puzder earned a Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo., where he served as Senior Editor on the Law Review. He was then a practicing commercial trial lawyer in St. Louis when Puzder authored legislation which The United States Supreme Court upheld in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services in 1989. Puzder has been a frequent lecturer at colleges and universities and a guest on business news programs. He recently co-wrote the book Job Creation: How It Really Works and Why Government Does Not Understand It.